Kagame woos Dutch investors to Rwanda

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President Kagame at the Business Dinner hosted by Sharon Dijksman, Minister of Agriculture of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

President Kagame at the Business Dinner hosted by Sharon Dijksman, Minister of Agriculture of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

 President Paul Kagame has told Dutch investors that investing in Rwanda has two big impacts; a return on investment, but also transformation of lives.

While meeting Dutch business leaders in Netherlands on Tuesday night, Kagame said that Rwanda   has ambitious plans of transforming into a developed country like any other in the world, but this cannot be attained without working hard.

“We have ambitions like any other country and we know we can’t get there without working hard. We are here to forge a meaningful and productive relationship, building on what is already a good foundation,” Kagame told Dutch business leaders at a dinner hosted by Agriculture Minister, Sharon Dijksma.

Rwanda considers Netherlands a strong partner in development especially during the aftermath of the 1994 genocide against Tutsi that claimed a million lives.

For President Kagame, “After 1994, Netherlands was among the first countries to be with us as we worked to rebuild Rwanda.”

The Netherlands is one of Rwanda’s top development partners working in multiple areas such as water, food security, private sector development, judiciary and agriculture, among others.

In May this year, the two countries signed two financing agreements worth €44.9 million (Rwf36 billion) to fund water projects and Technical and Vocational Education and Training programs.

Last Friday, a matchmaking business forum between Dutch investors and members of Rwanda’s business community was held in the Netherlands, where 100 Dutch investors committed to turn their focus on investing in Rwanda.

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